Sub-regional workshop on HIV opens in Bujumbura

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A sub-regional workshop on HIV/AIDS opened here Tuesday, with the participation of experts from the six member countries of the Great Lakes Initiative (GLI) on HIV.
The workshop will be marked by the presentation of a report on the epidemiological survey and the response to HIV regarding vulnerable populations in countries of the Great Lakes region.
Other countries participating in the workshop are the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
The GLI on HIV was launched in 1998 to contribute to the reduction of both the number of new infections and the social and economic impact of the epidemic.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Dr.
Joseph Wakana, executive secretary of the GLI on HIV, declared the survey to be presented during the workshop attempted to identify the most vulnerable populations, the risk factors, mobility, sexual behaviours and how well needs were covered by the national programmes for the control of the pandemic.
On the most vulnerable populations, the study identified lorry drivers as most exposed to the disease, as the average rate of HIV prevalence among them is 18% for the six countries covered by the GLI.
Fishermen are in the second position, followed by members of the defence and security services.
A far as gender HIV prevalence is concerned, women are more affected in the six countries.
The study notes that young women in Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda are three to four times more exposed to the risk of infection by HIV/AIDS than men of the same age group.

11 december 2007 13:06:00

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